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Author Levine, Peter, 1967-

Title The future of democracy : developing the next generation of American citizens / Peter Levine.

Published Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England ; Medford, Mass. : Tufts University Press, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  323.650973 LEVI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Civil society.
Civil society.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [261]-271) and index.
Contents What is civic engagement? -- Why do we need broad civic engagement? -- Measures of civic engagement -- Why do we need the civic engagement of young people? -- How are youth engaging today? -- What are the barriers to civic education? -- Civic learning in school -- Civic learning in communities -- Developments in higher education -- Institutional reforms -- Youth civic engagement within a broader civic renewal movement.
Summary "We need young people to be civically engaged in order to define and address public problems. Their participation is important for democracy, for institutions such as schools, and for young people themselves, who are more likely to succeed in life if they are engaged in their communities. In The Future of Democracy, Peter Levine, scholar and practitioner, sounds the alarm: in recent years, young Americans have become dangerously less engaged. They are tolerant, patriotic, and idealistic, and some have invented such novel and impressive forms of civic engagement, as blogs, أbuycottؤ movements, and transnational youth networks. But most lack the skills and opportunities they need to participate in politics or address public problems. Levineѫs timely manifesto clearly explains the causes, symptoms, and repercussions of this damaging trend, and, most importantly, the means whereby America can confront and reverse it.Levine demonstrates how to change young peopleѫs civic attitudes, skills, and knowledge and, equally importantly, to reform our institutions so that civic engagement is rewarding and effective. We must both prepare citizens for politics and improve politics for citizens."--Publisher's website.
Subject Youth -- Political activity -- United States.
Political participation -- United States.
Social participation -- United States.
Democracy -- United States.
Youth development -- United States.
ISBN 9781584656487 (hbk. : alk. paper)
1584656484 (hbk. : alk. paper)